I started this book with trepidation as it was so long, but now I am hooked and can hardly wait to get the next installment. Love the story and the characters so very much. Imagining how hard it would be to go back and live 200 years ago without all the electronics and things we take for granted today; knowing the history of the future and not being able to tell the world....what a dilema....Once you start these books, you can't stop; like potato chips. ENJOY!!!
Yes, but was way too long to do that. I actually listened and read the book through my whispenet....
The story is incredible and breath taking!
Davina Porter is amazing, one of the BEST narrators!
Learned much about 18th century life (medical practices, superstitions, conveniences/inconveniences, day-to-day living, etc.) along with historical events. Also learned several Gaelic terms and phrases.
Because the story is written in first person, listening to Davina Porter's reading of the story is like listening to Clair telling her story. Ms. Porter's voice inflections and accents are wonderful!
I have read the Outlander series (7 books to date, waiting anxiously for book 8) and enjoyed them. I wanted to reread them but did not have time to waste reading when I have a mountain of housework that needs doing. The audio book was the perfect solution. I can wipe down cabinets, clean out closets, put winter clothes into storage, etc. AND listen to the book at the same time. WONDERFUL!
I'm no great historian but I REALLY enjoyed the setting - time, place & social.
The actual dialog/occurrence was good...Having said that, I could have lived without the last few chapters of the book, from about Part 7 on. They did not compel me to continue the way the first 3/4 of the book did.
She did fantastic accents. I was able to hear past a female voice doing male characters - rare!
Quite a few - but they all involve spoilers.
Some lengthy descriptions were unnecessary and a drag on the story.
I own many titles on both audio & hardcopy (or digital) and I found this particular title enjoyable in both formats pretty equally - which is rare. The first 3/4 of the book was enough to make me want to continue the series (though surprisingly not the actual ending - you'll see what I mean).
Hair dresser for 25 years. Mother of two boys. Love Stephen King.
The audio edition is very good. It was really nice to hear how to pronounce certain Scottish words. You will fall In love with the main characters and will really care what happens to them.
There is not another book that comes close. Maybe Time Travelers Wife.
When Clare saves Jamie from the prison.
No it is very long, you want to savor it.
I hesitated purchasing a 33 hour book as an audible download, but took the risk on Highlander. I am glad I did and recommend this book enthusiastically. Although starting off a bit slow, I found the Outlander to be a compelling and enlightening story. I look forward to listening the next book in the Series. I do not read science fiction and am new to romantic historical novels, especially in Scotland. Yet as other reviewers have commented, the science fiction aspect of this novel (time travel) is quite believable and makes for a poignant story with suspense and romance is an historical setting. While some have referred to Claire as the heroine, I saw her as a 20th century strong willed woman thrust into the challenges of the 18th century Highland culture. There is a balance between her getting her way and having to compromise with her lover -- all for good in the end. The sexual intimacy and passion between the lovers continued to mature throughout the novel. Yet it was presented from the viewpoint of the woman and with such credible and tasteful descriptions, that actually created episodes substantially more erotic than the words themselves. Diana Gabaldon creates suspense which is cogent, and with such historical facts, that the reader is engaged in the story. About the time you think the bad guys can't get worse, they do... to the point of wondering if the main characters will survive their challenges.Davina Porter did a wonderful job narrating the characters, except for the voice the Claire's post-WW2 husband. I felt the narration made him sound like an old man -- as if Claire at 27 years old had married someone 30 years her senior. Other than that one exception, I rate her performance as 5 stars.
When Claire becomes the heroine and faces incredible odds to save her husband.
The intensity of the sexual relationship when Claire accepts with trepidation what appears to be conflicting role as a strong-willed woman yet subservient to her husband's role as her protector and patriarch. When she finally gives of her body without reservation to the extreme physicality of her spartan-like warrior, the moment seals the intensity of their relationship and respect for one another for the remainder of the story.
Outlander is the first audio book I've listened to. I found it very pleasant to 'hear' the characters of this, my favorite book, as read by Davinia Porter. I've read the book at least a half dozen times in the last 20 years or so and it was wonderful to hear the correct pronunciation of the Gaelic terms used so often!
The obvious choices would be either Jamie or Claire as they are the central characters... but much has been written about them already. I am quite fond of Jenny and Ian Murray as well as Murtaugh though.
Heavens no! I rationed it out an hour or two at a time while on the treadmill. Talk about motivation to exercise!
chose it for it's length and popularity, my bad, struggled to get through all the touching and feeeling, not my cup o' tea, won't be going on to the next ones - the reader though is talented - the movie'll be a chick flick if they don't tone it down
Always! This is my all time favorite story book ever. I first bought the paperback....then had to have the hard cover and now the audible. This is my first go to when a friend wants a new series that you just do not want to put down.
The book is a study in "memorable moments."
OK it isn't true but I wanted it to be...so much!
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
I had no expectations when I began listening to this book. I had never heard of the series. I was blown away. I still can't put my socks back on. They were blown off! Amazing story, great narration. It was brilliant.